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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gravity 3D : Review


I watched this movie really late, and I mean late in the sense that it may be the last show of Gravity 3-D in Mumbai.
Thankfully I watched it and came out more than impressed. It deserves the tag of "Best movie of 2013".
It is surely one of the best movies ever, and deserves at least a couple of Oscar nominations.
Its really a special movie, as it has only 4 characters. Oh yes, two human characters and two non-human characters. I will leave you to come to conclusion as to which are the other two.
Both human characters have been played by experienced actors, so there isn't any fault in their performances. Of course, Sandra Bullock shines through and reminds me of character "Ripley" played by Sigourney Weaver in sci-fi horror flick "Alien".
And what can be set about the "space" where this movie is set in. You feel it around you. You feel its not Sandra who is up there, but you. You feel the mixed emotions that any space walker feels, the silence, the solitude, the amazement of looking at our blue planet and maybe the aching of going back home.
There are so many themes in this movie, maybe as homage, I am not sure, ranging from "Alien" to "Wall-E". Giving out more details will spoil the experience. But do look out for "baby in womb" thematic.
Anyway, the beauty of this movie is very well enhanced by the use of 3D at the right time, giving you the thrill of a space misadventure. There will be lots of "oh shit! No!" "damn! thats beautiful" "come on you can do it"
moments, you know them, sometimes referred to as "the edge of seat".
I don't know how many of you have seen it. But those who have missed it, have really missed a gem of a movie in which there is nothing wrong. All the technical aspects of this movie, be it sound, direction, narration, plot, dialogues, acting are just perfect. But put it all aside, its what makes you feel is what is more important. And Gravity makes you feel the pull, the pull of a magnificent space action drama, that should not be tied down to one specific schematic genre. "You need to learn to let go" ......



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Movies, reviews, tv series and ...

I have watched a lot of movies, and missed out on sharing what I felt about them, of course why you should watch them. So I will try to flashback into my cine-memories.

1) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Its a story that links Hobbit 1 to the yet unreleased Hobbit 3, so clearly you need to have watched the first iteration, to make head or tails for this part. I am not saying the experience will be boring if you don't, but it sure will confuse you. Of course being familiar with Middle earth mythology also helps. So even if you don't but want to watch this one, then you may have mixed reactions to this 48 fps dazzler. Some find it too realistic making it look like low budget tv serial kind, but there are some who may be dazzled by the over realism, wishing to be part of that magical world. A world which seems perfect in terms of grandeur and history. You will love the characters and their quirks. And you may even wait for the next part to release.
I just love the name "Thorin Oakenshield".

2) The usual suspects
Watched this movies after so many years. And I still love it, especially for Kevin spacey,Chazz Palminteri and Gabriel Byrne. The convoluted yet simplistic plot, profanity laced dialogues, yet at times mystical in a weird way. Thrill seekers will love it, and those who like action won't regret watching it. Go watch it, it has already inspired Bollywood to produce "Chocolate".

3) Insomina
A simple thriller, that is in a way a bit predictable if you put your mind to it. Still it works solely based on performances of Al Pacino and surprise package Robin Williams. If by telling you that its director is one Mr. Nolan it raises your expectation, do keep them intact and go for it. Oh yes, the location where this movie is shot is creepy and beautiful at the same time.

4) Harsh Times
Sir Chrisitan Bale to me ranks higher than most actors solely on the basis of one power packed performance after another. For me he never hits any low, even if the movie he acts in is not exactly stellar or legendary. So if you are a fan of Sir Bale, check it out, otherwise you aren't missing out much. As even though it has Eva Longoria as a bit of latino eye candy, this movie directed by director of "Training day" could have been better if its plot had much more depth.

5) Now you see me
Watched it as I heard a rumour that Dhoom 3 is based on it. Its a decent movie, just a one time watch thanks to Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman/Michael Caine, without whom this movie would have nothing. As characters played by Woody Harrelson are Jesse Eisenberg  wafer thin in terms of role. They just come into scenes and then leave the scene without leaving any impact. Its just like the name of the movie.

6) The Bank Job
Its an action flick that stars Jason Statham, so I pegged my expectations accordingly. And at the end of it, liked it quite a bit. Its a brit robbery thirller, with a parts of movie that may seem rather unbelievable still some parts of it are said to be based on real life events, so there you go.

7) The Haunting
Its a black and white horror movie, a combination not many are used to. And this movie doesn't follow our current generation of horror movie templates. Still you should watch it with open mind, and let me know if you don't feel scared. I just don't feel like unraveling any more, but be assured there is no fault in performances of the cast and capability of the story.

8) Trainspotting
what to say, its hard hitting, its shocking, its lyrical, its hypnotic, its crazy, its twisted. Danny Boyle at his best, Evan Mcgregor is so underrated. It rocks not only in terms of narration, plot, but also music, dialogues.

9) Clerks
Funny shit, watch it and watch it again. yes its a bit overrated, but still funny.

10) TV series - Sherlock
I am sure I will run out of superlatives, its really good. Everything is perfect, especially the lead actors. Everything about them is just awesome. Great stories, good pacing and plot. And not to mention exquisite acting signed off with superb dialogues. And  Benedict Cumberbatch makes Robert Downey Jr look one dimensional. and before I forget a brilliant bastard for a villain in the form of  Andrew Scott as Moriarty.

Hopefully this post will egg me on to write more regularly. Fingers crossed.



Friday, December 06, 2013

thorns in her.. heart..

maybe its not the same,
                     or my senses have gone dull
the pain remains effervescent,
                    bubbles back frequently
not sure I would deal with it,
                    I end up making mess of it
its either temper that plays foul,
                   or ego that comes in the way
eventually its tears glistening her eyes
                  that makes my heart skip a beat
my tears can be held back
                  letting them flow makes no sense
the thorns in her heart can be plucked
                 by words of love and care maybe

dormant rebel

the fire rages within me,
                        lulls me into thinking
a thought that escapes logic,
                        whether I really have tamed it
they say you can tame the wild,
                        the spirit that was always free
may be it can be tied down,
                        or held in a cage of misdirection
for how long can you really hold,
                        eventually it will spill out
like hot lava of emotions that is spewed,
                       from a dormant volcano of our soul

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Traversing the learning curve

I have started traversing the learning curve. And it's not as easy as I believed it would be. Nevertheless I have started learning to drive a car. In spite of being familiar with the ABC's(accelerator, brake, clutch)of driving due to riding bikes for more than a decade. The mind can't readily accept the changed environ and apply the same concepts that come instinctively. Anyway onto matters far more interesting. Once I have mastered the basics of driving, a shiny hyundai i10 would be waiting to be taken out for a spin. That doesn't mean my love for two wheels had diminished. Instead it has evolved to something I am yet to define. And the highlight of this evolution would be Royal Enfield Bullet Electra, which I tag as coming soon. So watch this space for some exciting motoring Info.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

And I wonder

I do wonder, at times. But it isn't a wonder that I haven't been able to post a single post on my blog in  a long time. I could easily hide under the excuse of a busy married life. But that is not something I want to do. Its just that I wonder that why I didn't learn to drive a car. Now that I feel the need to buy a car, I first need to find time to learn one. As the need for car increases with passing time, I need to act fast. It isn't just driving that is missing among list of basic skills, swimming is also one that I have avoided learning. So these two skills are one that I need to learn, while Piano keyboard and Spanish langugage are skills I want to learn. And of course I have to do all the that continuing to do my basic duty as an employee/son/husband/brother/friend. Phew! That's not really huge, its quite common and many people achieve more in spite of all and more distractions. So I really need to gear up to make a difference in my life. To learn something that would keep me occupied in my retirement time. I know its many years away, but time really flies at times.